Review: ‘Advocate’

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Advocate (Canada/Israel/Switzerland, 105 min.) Dir. Rachel Leah Jones, Phillipe Bellaiche Programme: Special Presentations (Canadian Premiere) A heroic portrait of an Israeli lawyer who defends violent Palestinian offenders, Advocate is a lively exercise in documentary

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Review: ‘Buddy’

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Buddy (Netherlands, 86 min.) Dir. Heddy Honigmann Programme: Special Presentations You can hardly go wrong with any decent documentary about dogs. Add the wisdom and technique of veteran Peru-born, Dutch filmmaker Heddy

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Review: ‘Cavebirds’

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Cavebirds (Canada, 81 minute.) Dir Emily Gan Programme: Canadian Spectrum (World Premiere) Montreal-based Emily Gan’s debut feature is a first-person essay film around an unusual subject: bird spit. To be more specific,

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Review: ‘Prey’

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Prey (Canada, 85 min) Dir. Matt Gallagher Programme: Canadian Spectrum (World Premiere) The subject of Prey is a civil lawsuit against the Basilian Fathers of Toronto, which took place last year, over their part

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Review: ‘Conviction’

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Conviction (Canada, 78 minutes) Dir. Nance Ackerman, Ariella Pahlke, Teresa MacInnes Programme: Canadian Spectrum A film about Canadian women prisoners made over a couple of years, Conviction is a touchingly personal view of inmate

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TIFF Review: ‘Maiden’

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Maiden (UK, 93 min.) Dir. Alex Holmes Programme: TIFF Docs (World Premiere) There’s a fairytale aspect to Maiden, a documentary about a pioneering women’s sailing crew that waived the rules and ruled the waves. One

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TIFF Review: ‘Ghost Fleet’

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Ghost Fleet (USA, 90 min.) Dir. Shannon Service, Jeffrey Waldron Programme: TIFF Docs (International Premiere) A revealing documentary about modern slavery, Ghost Fleet manages to put viewers inside a real-life rescue mission while shining a light

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